The San Francisco Giants were within one victory of becoming just the second MLB team in the last 40 years to win three World Series in a five-year span, with the Yankees being the other. But it was pretty apparent early on in Game 6 of the 2014 World Series that this wasn’t going to happen.
Yordano Ventura, the Kansas City Royals’ 23-year-old rookie starter, completely stifled the Giants by allowing just three hits over seven innings. And the Kansas City bats broke things wide open in the second inning, scoring seven runs in what would be a decisive 10-0 rout of the Giants.
Lorenzo Cain’s two-run single and Eric Hosmer’s two-run double really stood out during the second-inning outpouring. “This is what we all prepared for, this is why we play the game,” Hosmer said after the big victory.
With the momentum that KC gained from last night’s win, they’ll definitely have an edge heading into Game 7 tonight (Wednesday) at Kauffman Stadium. Assuming you’re looking to do some 2014 World Series Game 7 betting, keep in mind that the final game starts at 8:00pm ET.
Game 7 Preview
Jeremy Guthrie will take the mound for Kansas City while Tim Hudson will start for San Francisco in a rematch of KC’s 3-2 victory in Game 3. At 39 years of age, Hudson will be the oldest-ever starter in a World Series Game 7. Backing him up will be Madison Bumgarner, who might see a relief appearance after dominating the Royals in Games 1 and 5. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy has chosen not to send his ace out on just two days’ rest.
”This guy is human. I mean, you can’t push him that much,” Bochy explained. ”He’ll be available if we need him, but to start him, I think that’s asking a lot.”
While the Giants definitely have some good pitching left in the tank, Kansas City has history and home-field advantage on their side. Home teams have won the last nine Game 7’s, including the Royals’ own 11-0 dismantling of St. Louis in 1985. Furthermore, the home team has won 23 of the last 28 World Series, including five straight. Meanwhile, San Francisco has lost all four World Series Game 7’s that they’ve competed in.
”I had a very, very strong feeling that whoever won Game 6 was going to win Game 7,” Royals manager Ned Yost optimistically said. ”We have to wait until tomorrow to see if my theory’s correct.”
If the Giants are facing the pressure of being on the road again after getting blanked 10-0, they certainly aren’t showing it. “I can’t wait to get out there tomorrow and have some fun,” said Hudson.
We at GTBets.eu predicted that the series would end in a 4-games-to-3 triumph for Kansas City. Well, the series has gone seven games as we expected, however, the big question is if it’ll be the Giants or Royals winning the title. Find out tonight, and don’t forget to place your bets before Game 7 begins at 8:00pm ET. Also keep in mind that GTBets offers World Series live wagering just in case you don’t get a regular bet in on time.